James Randi: Psychic Investigator Paperback – 30 Jun 1991
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As humans our minds need to cope with a lot of information and the strategies it uses to try and make sense of the world around us are what leads us to think certain things are true. Randi looks to see how valid the psychic claims are and they tend to be found wanting.
It's a smallish book with some illustrations. It's not the best book in the world but as a study of psychics it give an honest account of how well they did under test conditions. The conditions of the tests are gone over by those under scrutiny and agreed by both parties as ithe book describes. If you want ot find out the results you better buy the book.
The wonderful sceptic recounts his experiences of working on and presenting the `James Randi: Psychic Investigator' six part TV series of the same year.
If you didn't catch the programmes way back then, you'll be able to review the highlights and lowlights of the show that challenged 'the gifted' to demonstrate their 'skills' in this snappy little volume.
The irrepressible `JR' invited dowsers, fortune-tellers, healers, astrologers, mediums and other quacks to submit their uncanny abilities to scientific testing.
Some came, many didn't and quite a few cried-off at the last-minute when they felt that the studio atmosphere wasn't conducive to their particular brand of supernaturalism.
Randi writes with the same wit that he effortlessly exudes in the flesh. The man is a delight and so is this book.
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As a person who had to listen to most of this repeated verbatim - I can say that it is really very interesting. A good read, as with the other Randi books.Published on 2 July 2013 by Trampette
Randi gets straight into the meat of exposing the disgusting frauds who prey on deeply vulnerable people in their times of greatest need.Published on 22 May 2013 by D. Hughes